Nearly one third of Allen Co. kids behind on shots that protect them from serious illnesses

8/2/2021
 
Two-day event planned to help families get back on track with shots

After the pandemic hit, nearly all doctor’s appointments to keep people healthy were canceled, including shots for kids. According to the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) school reports, 32.8% of Allen County K-12 students have not gotten all required shots. That compares to 26.4% of statewide K-12 students.

To help families catch up and get children back on track with their shots, MDwise, Super Shot and the IDOH are hosting Back on Track, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28 and 29.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the rate that children get their required shots has decreased significantly from pre-pandemic rates between March and September 2020.
 
“It’s important that as many Hoosier kids as possible get vaccinated against preventable diseases like measles, polio and HPV,” said Jessica Cromer, president and CEO of MDwise. “We’re hosting ‘Back on Track’ to help ensure Indiana communities and families are healthy.” 
 
MDwise encourages parents and caregivers to sign up in advance at MDwise.org/backontrack or by calling 260-424-SHOT, but you can still show up without signing up ahead of time. Children younger than 18 years old must or have an adult with valid identification, such as a driver’s license, identification card or passport. Insurance is not required for children to get their shots, but if they are covered by health insurance, then that information must be given.
 
The event will include free lunch while supplies last, games, prize giveaways and music. 
 
WHAT:  Back on Track kids shots event
 
WHEN:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 and noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 29
 
WHERE: Super Shot, 1515 Hobson Rd., Fort Wayne (Bus Route 2)
 
WHO: MDwise, Super Shot, IDOH and multiple community partners
 
REGISTER: MDwise.org/backontrack or call 260-424-SHOT

About Super Shot
Super Shot is a nonprofit organization working to create a healthier community and protecting thousands of NE Indiana children and adults against disease by promoting vaccination and providing access to immunization community wide. More at SuperShot.org.  
 
About the Indiana Department of Health
The Indiana Department of Health works to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers and ensure that Hoosiers achieve their optimal health, regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.

Media Contact:
Jen Thomas, 317-441-2487, jen@jtprinc.com

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About MDwise

MDwise is an Indiana-licensed nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to 300,000 Medicaid members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana.
 
MDwise is a provider-owned health plan with a large network of doctors, specialists and hospitals located throughout the state. By meeting the basic requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) rigorous standards for consumer protection and quality improvement, MDwise was awarded NCQA’s accreditation status of Accredited for service and clinical quality. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to their family and friends. For more information, visit MDwise.org.


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